DUSP alum appointed prime minister of Jordan

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Omar al-Razzaz (MCP ’87), who has been appointed Jordan’s new prime minister.

On June 5th 2018, Jordan’s King Abdullah II officially appointed Razzaz to form a new government after accepting the resignation of Hani Mulki, the former prime minister.

Omar synthesizes the very best qualities of MIT, DUSP, IDG and SPURS," said Bish Sanyal, Professor and Director of the Special Program in Urban and Regional Studies Humphrey Fellows Program (SPURS), "He is very knowledgeable about international developmental issues, has deep understanding of international institutions, such as the World Bank, cares to create opportunities for disadvantaged people, blends political astuteness with social responsibility and transparency. He represents the best blending of theory and practice of planning. In other words: he has all the qualities of an outstanding leader."

In addition to his MCP from MIT, Razzaz holds a PhD in planning with a minor in economics from Harvard University and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Harvard Law School. From 1995 to 1997, he served on the MIT faculty as an Assistant Professor in International Development Program and Regional Planning Program. After leaving MIT, he joined the World Bank as an economist, working in both Washington D.C. and Jordan. Prior to his appointment as prime minister, Razzaz was the education minister in Mulki’s government, where he oversaw plans to overhaul the traditional state education system.

The appointment comes at a challenging time for Jordan, which has seen widespread protests over economic issues including price increases and a proposed tax reform bill. As he has begun the process of assembling his government, Razzaz has publicly stated that a priority will be to forge a new social contract within the country.

Razzaz is a member of the SPURS international advisory board and he hopes to deliver a keynote at the SPURS 50th anniversary in the fall of 2018.

For more information about the SPURS 50th anniversary, click here.